Saturday, 2 July 2016

2016 Gunter History Awards

The Canadian War Museum and the Friends of the Canadian War Museum have awarded the Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Award to five high school seniors in Canada for their outstanding works of art and scholarship on the theme of ordinary people in extraordinary times. Judged by a multidisciplinary committee, the annual awards are open to all graduating high school seniors and carry a $1000 cash prize for each of the winners. This year’s entries explored how the experience of war has changed someone’s life. The 2016 laureates are:
  •   Connor B. Hawes of Grand Forks Secondary School in Grand Forks, BC for his essay “Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times”;
  •    Alexa Ishikawa of Centennial Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC for her video Paper Cranes”;
  •   Chantelle Masterson of Fredericton High School in Fredericton, NB for her artwork entitled “Great Uncle Merle”;
  •   Eric Shepphard of Etobicoke School of the Arts in Oakville, ON for his essay “Every Soldier has a Story”;
  •   Gaurav Varshneya of Magee Secondary School in Vancouver, BC for his video  “Operation: White Dove.”
The winning entries are posted at: The call for submissions for the 2017 Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards will begin in September 2016. 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

UN World Food Day Poster and Video Contest

One of the biggest issues related to climate change is food security. The world’s poorest—many of whom are farmers, fishers and pastoralists—are being hit hardest by higher temperatures and an increasing frequency in weather-related disasters. At the same time, the global population is growing steadily and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. Agriculture and food systems will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient, productive and sustainable to ensure the wellbeing of ecosystems and rural populations, and at the same time, reduce emissions. This is why the global message for World Food Day 2016 is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” 

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is inviting young people to learn about the theme and share their ideas on the threat of climate change to food security through the international World Food Day contest. Children and teens aged 5 to 19 are encouraged to use their imagination to digitally design, draw or paint a poster. Young people aged 13 to 19 can produce a 1-minute video, and upload it to YouTube with the hashtag #WFD2016VideoContest.

For more information and to enter the World Food Day Poster Contest, children or their teachers can go to:
The deadline for entries is September 30, 2016. 

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

CST Inspired Minds Learning Project

The CST Inspired Minds Learning Project has announced its 2016 winners. The CST Learning Project is a competition hosted by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation as part of the CST Inspired Minds project, which also includes Careers 2030, a digital job fair for the future. The annual competition awards a total of up to $250,000 in prizes to not-for-profit organizations with ideas that advance children's learning in communities across Canada. The winners represent the top six innovative learning ideas in Canada chosen from more than 270 submissions from communities and organizations across the country.

The $100,000 grand prize winning project, "Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants!" sends students on adventures to explore ocean floors or mountain ranges without leaving their desks through the use of technology. It also gives back to the scientists and explorers to continue their research. Other innovative ideas include a group of Ontario teens who are creating a new way to teach children with vision loss how to read. Another empowers youth in British Columbia with hands-on experience and knowledge of local agriculture. To read about this year’s winners and for more information, go to:

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Grants

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation offers grants to deserving school libraries as a means to break the cycle of dwindling bookshelves caused by inadequate funding. As a result of this year's literacy grants, twenty-five high-needs elementary schools across Canada will benefit from the Foundation's $1.5 million annual grant commitment. To see which schools received grants in 2016 and to download an application for the 2017 grants, visit:

Baby Mammoth at the Royal BC Museum

A 40,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth, the best-preserved specimen in existence, will take centre stage during the Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age exhibition from June 3 to December 31 at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. Lyuba (pronounced Lee-OO-bah) is the world’s most complete mammoth. Her remarkable discovery in the frozen soil of the Arctic in 2007 by a Siberian reindeer herder made immediate international headlines. This will be the first opportunity to the see the baby mammoth in Canada. Lyuba is on loan from the Shemanovskiy Yamal-Nenets District Museum and Exhibition Complex in northern Siberia, Russia.

Sexual and Gender Minorities Resource

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) has released a new resource guide entitled Sexual and Gender Minorities in Canadian Education and Society 1969-2013 – A National Handbook for K-12 Educators. This unique resource, which results from years of research by Drs. AndrĂ© P. Grace and Kristopher Wells, gives a detailed picture of where things stand for SGMs and lists many helpful resources for educators. The Handbook allows for a better understanding of the challenges facing SGMs and Canadian society in general, while promoting equity and diversity in education. The handbook is now available from CTF’s e-catalogue:

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Canadian Museum of History Explores Impact of Gold Rushes in BC

The Canadian Museum of History presents a new exhibition examining the race for riches on Canada’s West Coast. Gold Rush! – El Dorado in British Columbia illustrates how the legend of El Dorado, a source of endless gold said to be hidden in the New World, has driven exploration, conquest and colonization for 500 years. The British Columbia gold rush that began in 1858 stood out, however, because First Nations as well as immigrants from China and other countries played such key roles in how the story unfolded. Thousands of people of diverse social and ethnic origins, chasing dreams of wealth and a better life, helped shape the Canada we know today.

Gold Rush! – El Dorado in British Columbia showcases 280 artifacts, including the spectacular, 1,642 gram Turnagain Nugget, the largest existing gold nugget from British Columbia. An exquisite gold box by Haida artist Bill Reid demonstrates the influence of gold on culture through the ages. A real stagecoach restored by the Historic O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon, BC evokes an era of adventure and exploration. Authentic miners’ tools and personal belongings from the gold rush, modern objects such as a $1 million gold Maple Leaf coin from the Royal Canadian Mint and a set of Olympic and Paralympic medals from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games show the timeless allure of the glittering metal.

Gold Rush! – El Dorado in British Columbia is at the Canadian Museum of History until January 15, 2017. This exhibition is organized by the Royal BC Museum, in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of History.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Accessibility and Inclusive Education

Educators today are faced with the challenge of integrating technology into the classroom and teaching students of all learning styles and abilities, including those with accessibility needs. By providing accessible technology in the classroom, students with a wide-range of learning styles are given equal education opportunities. Find out how seven Canadian teachers have successfully incorporated personalized learning in the classroom at: Microsoft is dedicated to building accessibility into its products and to providing accessibility resources for educators, fostering learning for all. To encourage tech familiarity and adoption, Microsoft has launched a series of free Accessibility Workshops for educators across the country. For more details visit: A free educators resource is also available:

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Canada's Outstanding Principals

The Learning Partnership has announced 40 exceptional educators as Canada's Outstanding Principals of 2016. Now celebrating its 12th year, The Learning Partnership's Canada's Outstanding Principals program recognizes the unique and vital contribution of principals in publicly funded schools. This year, the 40 principals, nominated by parents, colleagues and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee, are being celebrated for demonstrating innovation, having an entrepreneurial spirit and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities. The winners receive a five-day executive leadership training program at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. They also benefit from a "Changing World of Work" day where they learn about today's workforce from business leaders. For a full list of Canada's Outstanding Principals 2016, their biographies and photographs, visit


Microsoft Canada gives technology new reason to be celebrated with the launch of a six-part storyteller series. The series turns the spotlight on inspiring Canadians who share their stories of courage, passion and community through video and the hashtag #My24Hrs. From a family's unconditional love for their transgender teen to a trailblazing educator's alternative learning program where students design, build and market skateboards for a second chance at high school graduation, viewers will be empowered to do more with each day leveraging the power of technology. The campaign closes on Leap Day this February 29, when Microsoft Canada and its storytellers will deliver 24 Acts of Empowerment during the year's extra 24 hours. The series is available through Microsoft Canada's social channels and at